Trustee profiles

Area: Horowhenua I work at the Contact Youth Space in Te Takere, Levin’s cultural and community centre. We provide programmes and activities to engage local youth. I have been in…

Area: Horowhenua

I work at the Contact Youth Space in Te Takere, Levin’s cultural and community centre. We provide programmes and activities to engage local youth. I have been in this role since the space opened in December 2012. I became a trustee in February 2015. Previously I have worked for WINZ for six years and our local council for fourteen years. I have been a professional musician before and during those times. I have lived in four countries and I’m a parent. I am passionate about helping young people live good lives by making good choices.

My love and passion for young people has driven me into Youth Development and Youth Work.  The Trust provides Youth Workers with tools to work with young people - exciting!…

My love and passion for young people has driven me into Youth Development and Youth Work.  The Trust provides Youth Workers with tools to work with young people – exciting!  The training that the Trust provides ensures that Youth Workers work with young people safely, offering diversity and strategies for when walking journeys.

 

Current Youth Work role: Youth Worker at Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust A  bit about that, what have you done in the past, your journey to be a youth worker:…

Current Youth Work role: Youth Worker at Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust

A  bit about that, what have you done in the past, your journey to be a youth worker: I have been working with Young people since 2011 working as an intern at a church in Upper Hutt for two years whilst attending Bible College. After that I was employed by the church as an associate Youth Pastor. I finished at Upper Hutt in 2015 to pursue working with young people in the community for Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust. My role is a mish-mash of youth mentoring, coaching hockey and facilitating events for young people.

Years/months on the trust: Since September 2015

Favourite FOOD, sports, pastime: Mexican, Hockey and drinking bloody good coffee!

Family situation? I have a dog called Charlie, he’s five 🙂

Chloe Bisley-Wright

Chloe Bisley-Wright

Training Co-ordinator

Mahi: Youth Development and Education Coordinator, Youthline Wellington After volunteering as a phone counsellor since 2009 and facilitator of Youthline Wellington's Youth Development Programme from 2011, I am now fortunate to…

Mahi: Youth Development and Education Coordinator, Youthline Wellington

After volunteering as a phone counsellor since 2009 and facilitator of Youthline Wellington’s Youth Development Programme from 2011, I am now fortunate to call this mahi I volunteered to do my paid role.

During my volunteer time I found the confidence to work as a mental health support worker with an organisation previously known as Wellink Trust and undertook a certificate in mental health support work.

Wanting to ensure I was working ethically I undertook the Bachelor in Youth Development which now having graduated – I feel empowered and reassured that I am giving my best.

As a lifelong learner and with ‘input’ in my top 5 strengths, I continued on studying with Weltec to gain a certificate in Supervision.

I value the training provided by the Wellington Regional Youth Worker Trust (WRYWT) as an accessible up-skilling and networking space to connect urban youth workers with rural communities.

This is my third year in the trust and I have taken on the role as Regional Training Coordinator, a perfect match for my passions and skills. As part of my acknowledgement and belief in Te Tirti o Waitangi, I am in my third year of studying te reo Maori with Te Ataarangi.

I am also a facilitator for Enviroschools and an Instructor for Pedal Ready. My volunteer work other than with the WRYWT, is in a local community orchard and garden in Berhampore. Growing kai and creating life brings me peace and purpose.

I look forward to meeting youth workers across the motu and supporting them through education opportunities.

Manawatu/Horowhenua/Rangitikei (Manawatu) Kia ora my name is Aleisha Rutherford and I am a City Councillor on Palmerston North City Council. I was elected in 2014 and at 24 years old…

Manawatu/Horowhenua/Rangitikei (Manawatu)

Kia ora my name is Aleisha Rutherford and I am a City Councillor on Palmerston North City Council. I was elected in 2014 and at 24 years old was the youngest person ever elected to our council. I’m spokesperson for youth and students and through my role on council I also support our youth council. My background is in Youth Work and I have been on the exec for our local network since it’s establishment in 2009. I’ve been involved with WRYWT for about 3 and a half years now and love being a part of a trust which directly strengthens and supports the mahi our local youth workers undertake. I’m married to Liam, an intermediate school teacher and we live in Ashhurst with our 4 cats and children we foster on a short term basis. I enjoy walking, making and trying new foods, travelling and spending time with my whanau.

Job: Intermediate Coordinator, Epic Ministries Youth Trust Area: Waipukurau My name is Penny Single and I am currently employed by Epic Ministries Youth Trust in Waipukurau as their Intermediate Coordinator. I…

Job: Intermediate Coordinator, Epic Ministries Youth Trust

Area: Waipukurau

My name is Penny Single and I am currently employed by Epic Ministries Youth Trust in Waipukurau as their Intermediate Coordinator. I have worked for Epic for just over 4 years. I run programs for school years 7 & 8. I run a fortnightly youth group, 5 day long mentoring camps 3 times a year, a weekly values based programs in 2 of the local schools, 2 fortnightly Rock Solid programs and also help and lead in the other programs we run at Epic.

I have done youth work since leaving high school in 2003. Other places I have worked are Camp David Adventure Centre and Atomic Events Centre. During my time at Camp David I completed a Certificate in Youth Work through Praxis.

I  really enjoy playing team sports, mainly netball which I become very dedicated to during the winter months and summer months are spent playing indoor netball. I have recently started playing squash as well and I like the new challenge. Something I also like a lot is my mum’s puddings! They are my favourite food by a mile. Bread & Butter pudding would be my all time fave but I do also love her apple and rhubarb crumble and her steam pud.

I am a single mother to a beautiful, almost 7 year old girl, she is full of energy and keeps me on my toes. Any spare time I have is spent with family and friends. I really do love and cherish the amazing community my daughter and I have around us!

Kia ora, my name is Deborah Davidson. I’m married with three boys aged 27, 21 and 10 and have the privilege of being nanny to my gorgeous granddaughter Aromea. I…

Kia ora, my name is Deborah Davidson. I’m married with three boys aged 27, 21 and 10 and have the privilege of being nanny to my gorgeous granddaughter Aromea.

I have been working with young people for the last 4 years. My previous role was Youth Development Coordinator for South Wairarapa which was a contract with the Department of Internal Affairs.  One of the initiative from this contract was the development and set up of the Rangatahi to Rangatira Carterton youth group which I am still heavily involved with.  We are currently working with other youth groups in South Wairarapa to develop a Trust to allow us to work stronger together, provide support, opportunities for funding. Our vision is to support rangatahi in knowing who they are, where they come from and finding opportunities for them to develop and find ways of giving to their whanau and wider communities.  I also work voluntary to assist rangatahi and their whanau when needed particularly to support them in youth court and at family group conferences.

My other passion is fitness. I am currently teaching 13 classes per week as well as working with other instructors to improve their delivery of their classes.  I strongly believe a healthy body and mind is paramount to get through each day in a happy and healthy way.

By roots I am a qualified Youth Worker and Outdoor Instructor by trade a registered Social Worker working with young people in Hawkes Bay.  Most of my youth work has been…
By roots I am a qualified Youth Worker and Outdoor Instructor by trade a registered Social Worker working with young people in Hawkes Bay.  Most of my youth work has been in the health and wellbeing sector in Hawkes Bay’s Youth One Stop Shop.  I have the priviledge of using my experience with young people to provide training to professionals, advising on varying committees and able to provide professional supervision to this sector.
I look forward to supporting the future regional and/or national movement of youth work within Aotearoa.

 

My name is Steffy and I am the Youth Coordinator for Eltham’s E-Town Youth Health and Development Service. I have 3 sons and 2 grandsons, (yet to be blessed with…

My name is Steffy and I am the Youth Coordinator for Eltham’s E-Town Youth

Health and Development Service.

I have 3 sons and 2 grandsons, (yet to be blessed with a granddaughter) cant be a daughter as this baby factory is closed.

I have a real passion for helping our local Youth have opportunities to excel in whatever they choose to do in life. We have had many success stories from working directly with our Youth. I teach them that they can do anything they want to do, if they put there mind to it. Recently I lead an Eltham Young Leader Team through a 2 & ½ year project to upgrade our local Skatepark. This was at a total cost of $100k and through patience and perseverance we were able to see their dream come to a reality.

 

I have had vast experience in my working life ranging from Management

within Fonterra Foods to Owning the local pub and being a Publican.

If you can do that job I reckon you can just about do anything.

 

My most memorable Youth work moment was seeing a young 15yr old Youths

face when his awesome artwork was chosen for an art exhibition. He didn’t

have any money to get art supplies, so I sought donations for him so he could

enter, and woop woop he did it. This inspired him to carry on down this track and I hooked him up with an Art Teacher who took him under his wing. He has now gone on to University to do an Art degree. Looking forward to seeing where that is going to lead him in life.

 

Fauvorite Game – Netball esp Silver Fern Games

 

Favorite Feeds – Sunday Roasts and Butter Chicken and anything Chocolate.

 

Favorite Movies – Harry Potter and Avalons of Mists

 

Jamming to – Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, George Thoroughly Good

I was born, raised and still live in Te Awakairangi - Lower Hutt. I am Maori, Indian and Spanish in my ethnic make up. I am married to my beautiful…

I was born, raised and still live in Te Awakairangi – Lower Hutt. I am Maori, Indian and Spanish in my ethnic make up. I am married to my beautiful wife Rachel who is from the Kapiti coast. I have currently been doing youth and community development work in Lower Hutt for the past 8 years. Previous to that I was a residential builder.

I am currently the Youth Development Coordinator for the Lower Hutt Youth Workers Network and hold other youth development positions within the city. I have a burning desire to see the people of our city lifted up and our community functioning to its full potential. Aside from that, I love to play sports and I am also a musician. I am passionate about social justice as well as caring for nature. Finally, a message I live by “live to love, love to live.” Mauri ora

Emma Haxton (Kapiti Mana Patch) I currently work for the Kapiti Coast District Council as a ‘social wellbeing advisor’ – a lot of my work focused on youth development, whether…

Emma Haxton (Kapiti Mana Patch)

I currently work for the Kapiti Coast District Council as a ‘social wellbeing advisor’ – a lot of my work focused on youth development, whether that’s supporting youth organizations, professionalization of youth work, the growing needs of young people in the Kapiti District. Way back (yes over a decade ago) I used to work as a grassroots youth worker in New Zealand and in the US. Since then, my pathway has woven in different ways from working in adventure therapy, mental health social work and in policy but it has pretty much always been about working with and for young people.

I am passionate about profession of youth work. Years ago, I remember going to a national hui in Ngaruawahia in the 90’s when a Code of Ethics for youth work was first thrown up in the air. Since then, we have come so far and small groups like the Wellington Regional Youth Worker Trust are really important in progressing the professionalization of youth work further.

On a lighter note, I love the outdoors – nothing beats a day in the Tararua forest trudging through the mud and listening to tui.
Emma Haxton (Kapiti Mana Patch)

I currently work for the Kapiti Coast District Council as a ‘social wellbeing advisor’ – a lot of my work focused on youth development, whether that’s supporting youth organizations, professionalization of youth work, the growing needs of young people in the Kapiti District. Way back (yes over a decade ago) I used to work as a grassroots youth worker in New Zealand and in the US. Since then, my pathway has woven in different ways from working in adventure therapy, mental health social work and in policy but it has pretty much always been about working with and for young people.

I am passionate about profession of youth work. Years ago, I remember going to a national hui in Ngaruawahia in the 90’s when a Code of Ethics for youth work was first thrown up in the air. Since then, we have come so far and small groups like the Wellington Regional Youth Worker Trust are really important in progressing the professionalization of youth work further.

On a lighter note, I love the outdoors – nothing beats a day in the Tararua forest trudging through the mud and listening to tui.

Kia ora Koutou katoa Ko Moumoukai raua ko Mauwhiri nga maunga Ko Waitirohia raua ko Waikerepu nga awa Ko Tanenuiarangi raua ko Te Manutai nga marae Ko Ngati Rangi raua…

Kia ora Koutou katoa

Ko Moumoukai raua ko Mauwhiri nga maunga

Ko Waitirohia raua ko Waikerepu nga awa

Ko Tanenuiarangi raua ko Te Manutai nga marae

Ko Ngati Rangi raua ko ngai te Kauaha nga hapu

Ko Ngati Kahungunu te iwi

Ko Takitimu te waka

Ko Moana Ropitini toku papa Ko Dale Ropitini toku mama

Ko Moira Barber ahau

Mahi:  Youth Project Facilitator – Wairoa District Council

Roopu: YROA YNOT YOUTH VOICE

Married with 3 sons lots of whaangai and mokopuna and live in Nuhaka.  To be given this opportunity to tautoko and create opportunities for our rangatahi to aspire to their potential has been a blessing for the last 2 years, but have been doing it all my life, my purpose.

FAV SPORT: Softball

FAV KAI: authentic indian

FAV KAIMOANA:  pipi & mussel

TO LOVE AND BE LOVED – MAURI ORA!!!

I am currently a youth coordinator with the Wairarapa safer community Trust, where I have worked for the past 3 years.  After completing my diploma in youth development I jumped…

I am currently a youth coordinator with the Wairarapa safer community Trust, where I have worked for the past 3 years.  After completing my diploma in youth development I jumped straight into mahi supporting our local Rangatahi and I haven’t looked back.   I am very excited to become an official trustee with the WRYWT as I believe our aim directly supports and strengthens the mahi of all youth workers.  .  My whanau and I are highly involved in our local community and I am blessed to have my Husband Eli and children walk alongside me in this journey.

E nga waka, e nga reo, tatou katoa kua hui mai ki te tautoko I tenei mahi o nga Mahi Rangatahi, whitia te korero, tena houtou, tena koutou, tena koutou…

E nga waka,

e nga reo,

tatou katoa kua hui mai

ki te tautoko I tenei mahi o nga Mahi Rangatahi,

whitia te korero,

tena houtou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

To all the Rohe representatives who have come together to speak and support the work of Youth Workers “thu’s sufficient for now, Greetings and salutations to you all!

Ko Ruapehu te Maunga

Ko Whanganui me Mangawero nga Awa

Ko Nga Parerangi me Ngati Hine nga Haapu

Ko Kaiwhaiki me Otoko oku Marae

Ko Te Kiritahi me Tauakira oku Whare Tupuna

Ko Te Atihaunui Apaparangi to Iwi

Ko taku kainga noho ko Whanganui

Ko Taara Rupuha-Green ahau

It is with great pleasure to announce how privileged I am, to attain the position of being nominated by Whanganui Youth Workers collective to uphold the representation as the WRYWT Trustee of the Whanganui Rohe.

Only being in my role for some 6 months, I am still learning my responsibilities and what quality and attributes I have to offer. I will endeavour to deliver my services with the best intentions as a Trustee.

I was born and raised in Whanganui and am a direct descendant of Te Atihaunui Apaparangi being fortunate enough to live and breathe the ways of our Tupuna at Kaiwhaiki and Otoko Marae, Kapahaka performing arts, St Peter Channel Club was a huge part of my upbringing evolving rapidly over the years, performing today at a national level.

Becoming a mummy at such a young age of 17, was very much a challenge, again being very fortunate to have extended whanau and a supportive and caring partner of 27 years we were able to pull through raising our 3 children. Our eldest son Ngahina, 25, has recently blessed us with our first mokopuna Ngahina-Terrangi, second eldest son Terrangi Ataahua turning 21 this year and of course our baby girl Ripeka is 16 this year. Hence my passion of working with youth.

Raising 3 teenagers was a handful however in 2008 sadly my mum passed, being blessed to care for my 2 whangai brothers age 11 and 12 at the time, but being raised with strong values, principles, morals and beliefs and utilising youth services available, we managed.

I have been involved with youth for some 15 years and employed as a part time youth worker at YST for the past 6 years. Prior to this I was employed as a youth worker in Alternative Education for 5 years with Wairua Ora Christian Community Trust.

I am also currently employed part time through MOJ as a Lay Advocate in the whanganui Youth Justice Courts, being in this capacity for the past 3 years. Some aspects of my role are advocating for young people appearing in the youth court and bring to the attention of the judge, any cultural awareness and/or dysfunctional issues the young person may have endured through their upbringing which may be crucial to the learning behaviors or actions of their offending.

With this I leave you a small insight of

Te Matapihi ki taku Ao

The small window of insight to my world.

E Rere kau mai te Awa nui

Mai i te Kahui Maunga ki Tangaroa

KO AU TE AWA

KO TE AWA KO AU

 

 

I work as the General Manager at Tūtaki Youth Inc., a vibrant, progressive and family-centred youth organisation located in Stratford, Taranaki. I have a great passion for young people and…

I work as the General Manager at Tūtaki Youth Inc., a vibrant, progressive and family-centred youth organisation located in Stratford, Taranaki.

I have a great passion for young people and seeing them recognise and realise their potential.  I am proud to be a part of the ever-growing youth development sector and seeing the contribution it makes to young people in Aotearoa.

Youth Workers can have a significant impact on young people as they support and empower them on their journey.  The Trust provides Youth Workers with opportunities to connect with each other and learn new skills and tools so they can work safely and effectively with young people.